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Message by Mr. Kyriakos Kokkinos, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy

It is a great honour to have assumed the position of the first Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, fully aware of the magnitude of responsibility and hard work required to successfully implement this demanding and ambitious endeavour, which is of vital importance to our country’s growth path.

In an era of fierce competition and major socioeconomic, political and environmental global challenges, the role of scientific research, innovation and technological advancement is crucial to the progress and prosperity of any country and any society. Harnessing technology affects how economies perform and prepare for the future. The creation of the Deputy Ministry, mandated to lead Cyprus into the digital era, is a key step towards building a modern, dynamic, knowledge-based economy, competitive at European and international level, and sustainable in the long-term.

Aspiring to implement an ambitious transformation reform, not only in terms of government structure and business model, but also in terms of people and culture, our agenda is not simple; it is one that requires time, collaboration, commitment and hard work. Maintaining a long-term vision throughout this process, setting high targets and promoting a culture of innovation in our society, we focus on implementing actions with high impact and value for the government, the business community and all citizens.

We have a long and difficult road ahead of us. Through our shared vision, I strongly believe that Cyprus has what it takes to cover for lost ground, and be profoundly transformed, in all aspects, and at all levels. With the right level of commitment, persistence and execution of a solid plan, we will lift our country to new heights!